After Oscar, Gilani to award Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy high Civil Award

Published: February 28, 2012

Directors Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (L) and Daniel Junge, winners of the Best Documentary Short Subject for the film "Saving Face", pose with their Oscars during the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Following her Oscar win, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has announced a high Civil Award for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

The Prime Minister, in his congratulatory message, said that Chinoy had made all Pakistanis proud by producing the documentary “Saving Face”, which is a perfect work of art representing creativity, objectivity and reality, with a touch of passion and devotion.

He said this outstanding success of Sharmeen Chinoy at the international level would surely lead to enhancing the soft image of Pakistan.

The singular success of Chinoy is the tangible manifestation of the talent the Pakistani youth is gifted with, the Prime Minister added.

Altaf Hussain announces gold medal for Chinoy

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has announced a gold medal for Sharmeen Chinoy.

He made this announcement while talking to the members of Rabita Committee of his party at its head quarters “Nine Zero” via telephone, said a statement issued by MQM on Monday.

He said the Oscar Award given to her for the documentary film would be a source of honour not only for Chinoy but also for the entire country.

Altaf Hussain instructed the party’s Rabita Committee to hold a befitting reception for Ms Chinoy when she returns to Pakistan.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Muhammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Looking at the picture what do you think made Sharmeen decide on wearing a sleeveless shirt? All those “developed” minds please don’t start bashing about rights, democracy, freedom to say/do what one’s like. Think first. She is a Pakistani, she is Muslim – hence there is both national and religious dress code. What puts in someone’s mind that unless you dress to please audience your importance somehow will be less? The documentary is already made, Oscar has already been chosen to be awarded to her documentary… then the big question is: WHY… WHY… WHY…
    cannot you represent yourself with your national or religious identity…

    is that not a right, freedom to choose?

    and if you do not… are you doing it because you are exercising your right to NOT do it?
    or are you doing it under some low confidence, audience pressure, social pressure, global pressure?

    ok… now you can flame me…

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  • Humanity
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @Muhammad:
    You live in a society that makes its business to judge others on what they wear or how they talk or walk. Are you yourself a perfect role model of a Muslim? Forget about what Sharmeen wore. Worry about your salvation and redemption. It will do you a whole lot of good.

    This film and the events surrounding the film are a mirror that shows an ugly collective face, of self-righteous judges, a whole lot of them. Can this face be saved? Yes. However, the gravity of mental deprivation begs for nothing short of divine intervention.

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  • Sleeveless
    Mar 1, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Sleeveless is fine. She just need to exercise a little more!
    Anyhow her work matters more for me. We need to stop this heinous crime of acid throwing in our country. The next project has to be on people with psychiatric illnesses or child abuse. How many with sleeves people have made documentaries like this.

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  • Mohsin
    Mar 2, 2012 - 12:17AM

    @Muhammad:
    Instead of criticizing her why don’t you do something positive with your life. Next time you see a victim like this stand up for her. Otherwise you another waste of space in Pakistan. If these things are ever going to change, they should be brought out in public. I don’t care if she was wearing a bikini she did something constructive for Pakistan. And yeah, I know what your comment will be. I am a Jewish agent. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 2, 2012 - 6:43AM

    @Muhammad:
    Are you a perfect Muslim? She’s very decently dressed (now don’t tell me if I would like to see my sisters dressed this way because that’s none of your business). And exactly for the same reason you should stop interfering in other’s people lives just because you think they are not following your brand of Islam, she probably dresses like that in Pakistan, too. Its a personal choice. Don’t criticize others using your keyboard when you yourself aren’t doing anything. She came back to Pakistan after studying/working in the US, just to make a difference. How many of us would do that? to me, THAT matters, AND NOT what she’s wearing because that’s nobody’s business, (she’s dressed very decently anyway and I have seen women dressed like that in Pakistan, too).

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  • Sincere
    Mar 2, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Thanks for washing your dirty linen in public as if west has got nothing to be ashamed of……
    But one thing gives me reason to be happy, it’s that west is determined to go to any distance to defame anything associated with Islam (including pakistan) and that shows how insecure they are and how potent Islamic idealogy is……..
    Alas how naive Muslims are !

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